Dog walkers are some of our most trusted pet personnel, we entrust our pets to them while we are away and the thought rarely ever passed our mind that something bad could happen barring a horrible accident out of anyone's control, much less that they would put our pets in danger themselves. However, one Vancouver-area dog walker violated that trust when she let six dogs die on her watch after gross neglect.
Initially, dog walker Emma Paulsen stated that she stopped at a washroom in Langley, B.C. last May for a few minutes and when she returned, the six dogs in her care were gone. After the owners of the dogs launched a massive search alongside their community, the dogs were found dead in a ditch in Fraser Valley. It was only after the bodies were recovered that Paulsen admitted that the dogs had died from heat exhaustion while in her truck.
However, justice has been served as British Columbia judge has ruled that Emma Paulsen, who pleaded guilty last November to animal cruelty and mischief, was sentenced to six months in jail as well as a lifetime ban from animals.
The families of the dog victims were concerned that she would get a light sentence for the pain that she caused, but many were relieved by the six months of jail time. The Crown had originally called for a six to 12 month jail sentence in addition to a $10,000 fine, while the defence asked for community service.
Jennifer Myers, owner of a Boston terrier that died in the truck, stated, "I was very relieved, I mean, you can't take away what they went through, but at least this shows that, yes, it was serious and the judge really took it that way, and I think that we're all a little surprised and relieved that it's six months."
With this sentencing, the pet parents can finally have justice and, although it took six victims, the Vancouver community will hopefully realize the very real dangers of leaving pets in hot cars.